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Galleries

Galleries are a way for content businesses and publishers to add multiple images to a singular asset, providing site visitors an engaging visual experience.

Galleries in Brightspot offer a built-in set of fields with their own built-in behaviors. Here's a quick overview of the most important fields.

  • Title: This is a required text field with a small rich text editor (meaning simple formatting like italics is supported). Brightspot uses text in the title field to populate the asset’s URL, SEO meta title, internal Promo Title (how this asset will display around the site itself, such as in dynamic modules), and external Share Title (how this asset will appear on other websites, for example if a user shares it on a social network).A user can choose to write custom text for any of those placements, but Brightspot automatically populates those fields with the title to be helpful.

  • Description: Also a simple rich text field. The text a user inputs into the description field will be used to populate the asset's SEO meta description, the internal Promo Description, and external Share Description. Again, the user can choose to write custom text for those fields that inherit the subheadline; this autopopulation is designed to help the user work more quickly.

  • Authors: Assets support the association of one or many Authors.

  • Body: The Body field is where the meat of the asset will be populated. This is a rich text field with the full Brightspot rich text editor, which supports a whole host of formatting options (bold, italics, bulleted lists) as well as hyperlinks (internal and external), enhancements (such as images, galleries, videos, and more), and advanced editing capabilities (like track changes and commenting). The Body field also supports a full screen, immersive mode, where a Brightspot user can work and focus solely on the contents of the Body field.

  • Items: This field includes several unique behaviors and functions. Let’s cover each in detail.

    • Mode - Advanced or Dynamic: By default, a gallery will be set to Advanced mode. This means that the user is expected to add images to the gallery, on which the user can write a Title, Alt Text, Caption, and Credit for each image, unique to this image in this gallery. If set to Dynamic mode, the user is expected to select additional settings such as number of items in the gallery, a sort and time period, and tags (a user can also “pin” any number of images in a dynamic gallery, allowing for a curated yet dynamic flow). Think of Advanced as a hand-curated gallery where a user has carefully selected each image, and a Dynamic gallery as one that is self-updating against a set of criteria (such as all images matching a tag from an event).

    • View - List or Grid: By default, a gallery will be set to List, which will display all images in the gallery in a list view. In list view, a user can easily open all images to adjust captions and credits, as well as select images to drag-and-drop to reorder them. Grid view also supports the select and drag-and-drop behavior. Which a user works in really comes down to personal preference; we find that reorganizing the order of images is a bit easier in grid view, while writing and curating a gallery is a bit comfier in list view.

  • Section: Assets can optionally be associated with one Section. If a Section is populated on an asset, it will also drive the asset's permalink—for example, an asset titled "My Asset" that is added to a Section called "Publishing" will result in a permalink of /publishing/my-asset. Typically the Section is associated with a site's navigation, and describes the "aboutness" of the content to drive discoverability.

  • Tag: Assets can be associated with one or many Tags. Think of tags as additional ways that a user might want to discover this content. If the Section is what the asset is most "about" the Tags are other, additional things the asset is also about.